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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
random 10:30 PM

i just realized i fell down so many times last week. -_-"
i tripped walking up the stairs at school on my own feet. -_-"
i tripped while walking out of the toilet. -_-"
one more time, i cant rmrb when but i did tripped and nearly fell down again. -_-"
nearly fell down thrice in 3 days in a row!!

what gives? my feet growing too big for me? -_-
yes this is a very random post but im still posting it. =)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
robby's night 8:15 PM

When I first read this email, I was seriously touched by it and I thought 'this has to be real' because I know about the Alfred P.Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995. i remember seeing a documentary about it. some disturbed anti-goverment person was trying to prove a point. Anyway, so i went online and browsed wikipedia to see if Robby's name was in the casualty list. Unfortunately, the website only said the number of ppl killed and no specific names. So i typed in 'Robby, victim to Alfred P.Murrah Federal Building bombing' and i found this. If you be so kind to just scroll down to the last page at the last 2 paragraphs, you will see what puzzles me so. What I dont understand is why someone would write this when it clearly wasnt true. tag for comments ppl.

Robby's Night

At the prodding of my friends, I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Hondorf. I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa. I've always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons-something I've done for over 30 years. Over the years I found that children have many levels of musical ability.. I've never had the pleasure of having a prodigy though I have taught some talented students.

However I've also had my share of what I call 'musically challenged' pupils. One such student was Robby. Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single Mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys!) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby.

But Robby said that it had always been his mother's dream to hear him play the piano. So I took him as a student. Well, Robby began with his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought it was a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel but he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary pieces that I require all my students to learn.

Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him. At the end of each weekly lesson he'd always say, 'My mom's going to hear me play someday.' But it seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn ability. I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled but never stopped in.

Then one day Robby stopped coming to our lessons. I thought about calling him but assumed because of his lack of ability, that he had decided to pursue something else. I also was glad that he stopped coming. He was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several weeks later I mailed to the student's homes a flyer on the upcoming recital. To my surprise Robby (who received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and because he had dropped out he really did not qualify. He said that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to piano lessons but he was still practicing 'Miss Hondorf, I've just got to play!' he insisted.

I don't know what led me to allow him to play in the recital. Maybe it was his persistence or maybe it was something inside of me saying that it would be all right. The night for the recital came. The high school gymnasium was packed with parents, friends and relatives. I put Robby up last in the program before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he would do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my 'curtain closer.'

Well, the recital went off without a hitch. The students had been practicing and it showed, then Robby came up on stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked like he'd run an eggbeater through it. 'Why didn't he dress up like the other students?' I thought. 'Why didn't his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?'

Robby pulled out the piano bench and he began. I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen Mozart's Concerto #21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo, from allegro to virtuoso. His suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by people his age. After six and a half minutes he ended in a grand crescendo and everyone was on their feet in wild applause.

Overcome and in tears I ran up on stage and put my arms around Robby in joy. 'I've never heard you play like that Robby! How'd you do it?' Through the microphone Robby explained: 'Well, Miss Hondorf, Remember I told you my Mom was sick? Well, actually she had cancer and passed away this morning and well... She was born deaf so tonight was the first time she ever heard me play. I wanted to make it special.'

There wasn't a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed into foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy and I thought to myself how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.

No, I've never had a prodigy but that night I became a prodigy of Robby's. He was the teacher and I was the pupil for it is he who taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself and maybe even taking a chance in someone and you don't know why.

Robby was killed in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April of 1995.
And now, a footnote to the story.

If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably thinking about which people on your address list aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message. The person who sent this to you believes that we can all make a difference. So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we act with compassion or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit colder in the process?

You have two choices now.

1. Delete this.
2. Forward it to the people you care about.

You know the choice I made. Thank you for reading this.

May God bless you today, tomorrow and always.
If God didn't have a purpose for us, we wouldn't be here!

Sunday, February 17, 2008
my CNY gallery 12:15 PM

Say hello to 5 year old Chloe Ngu from Australia.

Say hello to 3 year old Emma Ngu from Australia.

Haha this is them with their mum, Auntie Claire playing with the fountain at my house. Amazing how much fun they had just by splashing water around lol.

Oh yeah, Lena my oldest sister came back from UK just for CNY =)


Diana has been back too for a super long time, 3 months! so nice.. and mummykins!

On the way to Sarikei

Along the way we saw dad's infamous tree =P

Food!!! At the old house.

I'm so cute =D hahaa kidding

Watching the fireworks.

So adorable.

With my cousins. Omg I look so sleepy. I was btw thanks to the 5 hour drive.

Hahaha receiving words of wisdom from grandma. Too bad I had no idea what she was saying. Her chinese is sooooooooooooo deep and so fast. I just kept laughing and nodding. -_-

Meet my sister from China. -_-" hahah you might remember her from my past post. Yeap, she's the one with the yellow underwear on her face. hahahahahaha honestly i think this pic is so qua chang -_-

Auntie, Alexander, Diana, Mummykins, muahs

Thought this looked sweet.

The only people who wore cheong sams.

Half of the kids from the family.

Meet my sister from China part 2 -_-" QUA CHANG!

my favourite cousin from Sarikei, Sherry and Diana.

Just catching up on old times.

On the way back to Kuching. We were very bored =)

At Ranchang Pool. I think that is how you spell it. There is a really cool waterfall. Going next year =D

Back home sweet home!! =) and that was how my CNY went. minus the gambling and visiting i did when i came back to kuching la. =) happy belated cny.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
interschool 2008 =( 7:45 PM

INTERSCHOOL WAS SO FRIGGING FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brief summary of the events :

Ling Ling from Chung Hua No.1 aka the best sports school in Kuching beated me and got 3 GOLD MEDALS for all throwing events which include javellin, discus and shotputt. -_-" I officially hate her. hahaha kidding! Plus did I mention she was selected AGAIN to represent Kuching in the 3 throwing events? ARGH! haahahha kidding la congrats dude. that's really cool. =) thanks for making interschool fun for me.

Geraldine and Sarah got selected to represent Kuching too. Geraldine got gold for 400m and a silver for 800m i think. Sarah got gold for discus and silver for javellin. She could have gotten gold for shotputt too if it wasnt for a cry baby so yeah. -_-"

WE WON OUR FIRST TROPHY!!!! actually Sarah won it but still, from Lodge bah!

So this is the first year in Lodge history that we actually won a trophy!!! and so many medals!! If I'm not mistaken, we got like 7 medals i think? hahaha and all the girls won medals.. haha none of the guys got anything but they were close so yeah. =)

Lodge is really moving forward in interschool sports. This year, loads of the students got into finals even though they didn't exactly win. LIKE ME FOR EXAMPLE!! =) HAHAAH zhi li, grace, lance, me etc. got into finals which is cool so yeah. haha as everyone knows, Chung Hua No.1 sits right next to us on the stand and I can't help but notice how friendly their students are. I;m glad we sit with them and not some perverted school like the one from Samarahan, who sat right infront of us and kept taking pics of the girls AND GUYS from our school. freaks. -_-

If I had a choice, I wished I studied in Chung Hua No.1 than moved to Lodge. haha honestly Chung Hua seems lyk a great school. Sighs oh wells this is my last year again =( so sad man!! no more interschool for me!!!!!!!!! arrrgh!! ='( haha maybe la if I'm free next year, I will come back and attend the interschool competition just to see my friends again. This year I met this girl called 'Chi' haha Ling said it was actually 'Chicken' -_-" lol so I was like so puzzled, how can her name really be chicken? lol so i asked her and it turned out its 'Katrina' lol idiot Ling. Going to miss Adeline too from Kuching Town, Sonia(LOL) from Sungai Maong. plus met alot of Chung Hua students like Hui Chi and Pei Nee and Jing Ying(?) did i spell that right? -_-" im terrible with chinese names. haah Dex they all so cheeky, keep looking at this girl called Fang Ping lol from Chung Hua. PERVS!!!! =) sighs I love interschool. will post the pics as soon as i get them. =(

Oh yeah I nearly forgot, Ling Ling, if you're reading, YOU OWE ME A DANCE!! HAHAAHAHAHA! IM STILL WAITING!!!!! =P

Saturday, February 02, 2008
happy bday rach!! =) 7:56 PM

This post is dedicated to Rachel Tan Ying Ying! (hope i spelt tat rite? lol) Rach has been my classmate since primary days. She's a really good friend because she's reliable and straight forward. She gets things done, you know? She's nice, she's sweet, she's smart (esp in Chem, my tutor), she's soooo photogenic, she's kind, she's RACHEL! =) hope you had fun today dude. Sorry bout the laser tag bit. hope we'll be able to go out again next year. =) keep in touch, yeah? =)

The Birthday Girl.

Ham, Rach, Me and Phoebs in KL at like 7am.. look at me. i'm still asleep! lol fun times. *interesting fact : Rach has a strict built in curfew at 10pm lol*

Us in form 2? Cant rmrb. Haha one of our bright ideas when bored. =)

Form 1!! i think. haha NERDO! =P haha no la, they actually make you look like a scientist or something.

This pic of us is great. I love this. Perfection. On the F1 circuit.. with Stephs bug-eyed sunglasses lol

infront of that special Raja place.. lol

At one of Keith's famous pool/BBQ parties. lol

Look what i found hiding in my photo album file. haha this one sure is dusty. Look at us, we ALL LOOK LIKE CRAP!! Our first interact installation dinner.

At Joey's Mooncake bash.

The best pic of 2007 =) Sighs happy seventeenth birthday dear Rach. =D hope you have a great year!!